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Since the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump has avoided disclosing his financial records—a deviation from what every President or major presidential nominee since Nixon has done.

The President initially promised to release them if elected, then claimed he was under audit and couldn't disclose them.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance subpoenaed Mazars USA, Trump's accounting firm, last year, sparking a legal battle that saw the Supreme Court rule against the assertion of Trump's lawyers that the President isn't subject to investigation.

Trump's lawyers then complained in a Southern District of New York trial court that the Democratic D.A. is on a "fishing expedition." The case was dismissed, prompting Trump to appeal the decision in the 2nd Circuit.

In his first legal victory since the saga began, a New York federal appeals court held off a lower ruling that the President would have to comply with the subpoena while he waited for his appeal.

After years of resistance and legal battles from Trump regarding his tax returns, Democratic nominee Joe Biden asked why Trump was working so hard to conceal them.

Some claimed to have answers.





Trump's lawyers argued this week that release of his tax returns would do "irreparable harm" to the President.

Others echoed Biden's calls for Trump's transparency.




It is highly unlikely that the tax returns will be granted to prosecutors before election day, and even less likely that they'd be publicly disclosed by them any time in 2020.